4 Items To Never Store In The Garage
When it comes to finding space in our homes to store items we often turn to the garage as our catch-all. Often this is a fine option for sporting equipment or tools but there are some items that are best stored somewhere else.
For example paint is one of these items. When paint is stored in a hot garage, especially in warmer temperatures like we have here in Arizona, it can separate and spoil. This can even happen to unopened cans. It’s best to store your paint in a temperature controlled area in the home such as a basement or utility closet.
Another no- no item for storage in the garage is firewood. It can make for quick and convenient retrieval to place your wood in the garage but wood can attract pest that can eventually migrate to your home. Your best option is to stack your firewood on an elevated rack away from the home with a tarp cover.
Canned food can also be tempting to store in the garage when space becomes tight in your home. The USDA recommends storing canned foods in a dry, cool location. If a garage is damp it can cause tin cans to rust. If a garage is too hot, exceeding 85 degrees, you can increase the risk of spoiled food.
Finally, one of the most common item found in the garage is a spare refrigerator. If you are trying to conserve energy this is an awful location to place that fridge. In a non-climate controlled garage where temps can exceed over 100 degrees, a fridge is forced to work overtime to keep cool, causing your utility bills to run high.
Even though the garage can turn into a catch all for all our home items, especially when we are short on space, it’s best to be selective with what items you decide to store in it.